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Dr. Anil Panackal
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Antimicrobial Resistance (Overview)

Antimicrobial resistance refers to bacteria or viruses which have become mutated so that certain drugs no longer affect them.


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What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

Antibiotic overuse: Perhaps the two most important factors are (1) inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans to treat viral infections and (2) inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock. ...Read more

Dr. Anil Panackal
31 doctors shared insights

Antimicrobial Resistance (Overview)

Antimicrobial resistance refers to bacteria or viruses which have become mutated so that certain drugs no longer affect them.


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How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

ABx only when needed: Don't ask your doctor for unnecessary antibiotics when you have a viral infection, and lobby congress for regulation of unnecessary antibiotic use in livestock. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow the directions on the label
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Take all doses as directed; don't stop when you feel better
Once
Do not take someone else's antibiotics
Once
Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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What are causes of antibiotic resistance?

What are causes of antibiotic resistance?

Exposure: Bacteria that is recurrently exposed to same antibiotic tend to become resistant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about antibiotic resistance?

Can you tell me about antibiotic resistance?

Abx Resistance: It is the case where the bacteria develops mechanisms to fight our antibiotics and render them ineffective. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is antibiotic resistance?

What sort of problem is antibiotic resistance?

Big problem: When an antibiotic is given, susceptible bacteria die but any bacteria that have the ability to survive the antibiotic survive and then multiply so the bacteria that are left, cannot be killed by that antibiotic. The bacteria that are left are thus resistant to that antibiotic. ...Read more

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Which factors that lead to antibiotic resistance?

Which factors that lead to antibiotic resistance?

Acquired genes: Since the introduction of abx in usable quantities we have seen germs gradually change. They have dna like u do & can mutate over time. Some can reproduce in < 10 minutes & every generation can form a new resistant mutant, reg abx kill the old & the mutant lives on to create pbs. Every time someone takes abx it puts pressure on germs & a mutant may emerge. That's why we shouldn't take for viruses. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how antibiotic resistance has evolved?

Antibiotic resistanc: Antibiotic resistance has evolved because of overuse of antibiotics for viral infection which do not respond to antibiotics. Also, some bugs can mutate and become drug resistant ...Read more

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What types of antibiotic resistance are common out there?

Common problem: Not long after the first penicillin became available we started to see staphylococcus that was resistant. Synthetic penicillins (methacillin& others) were developed & we had more resistant germs. Sometimes we can focus treatment by sending a germ to the lab(uti) & testing it against several abx to make sure we only use the one that works. That slows the emergence of new resistant germs. ...Read more

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What symptoms of antibiotic resistance are the most important?

Continued infection: If you are infected with a bacterium that is resistant to the antibiotics you are taking, your infection may not improve. Depending on the type and location of your infection, cultures may be needed to pinpoint the specific organism. The lab can then run a sensitivity test to see which anitbiotics are effective. ...Read more

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Can antibiotic resistance be reversed if we know the root cause?

Can antibiotic resistance be reversed if we know the root cause?

Nope: No, not by just knowing the cause. In fact, science has known the reasons for widespread antibiotic resistance for several decades. It's evolution at work: bacteria evolve to survive in toxic environments. To them, antibiotics are poisons and they evolve to be resistant. Despite this knowledge, resistance continues to rise because of mis-use of antibiotics in both health care and food production. ...Read more

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What are the causes for the development of antibiotic resistance?

What are the causes for the development of antibiotic resistance?

Mutations: Just like humans, germs have dna that occasionally mutates. For some mutations it will lead to development of new cell wall structure or other features that alter the germ enough that a specific antibiotic no longer works to kill it. The more often an antibiotic is used in the general population, the more pressure exists to create a resistant strain. ...Read more

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Due to Medical error, antibiotic resistance develops to which antibiotic?

Due to Medical error, antibiotic resistance develops to which antibiotic?

Not medical error : Not exactly sure what you are asking however antibiotic resistance isn't related to medical error. Bacteria have an amazing ability to adapt for survival and these adaptations can make a once useful medicine ineffective. Please clarify if seeking further knowledge. ...Read more

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How can you slow down antibiotic resistance development? Take half the pills?

Only use when necess: Very good question! also, very controversial. First of all, only use antibiotics when necessary. A lot of times they are prescribed unnecessarily. Yes, abused. The more they're used, the more chance of some bugs building up resistance.

The second thing is, when you do have to take them, take them completely! Wipe out the little buggers all the way. No, don't take half the pills. Wrong! ...Read more

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I've developed antibiotic resistance. What should I be watching out for in the future?

I've developed antibiotic resistance. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Use ONLY When Needed: Best is to not need to use antibiotics and to only take them when absolutely neccessary. You need to optimize your immune system: reg exercise, getting enough sleep/rest, stress management, healthy eating, taking supplements that can optimize cellular function. Find a doctor who does not always use antibiotics for every common cold or illness --usually viral. ...Read more

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How concerning is antibiotic resistance at this time? Are there any new antibiotics being created?

How concerning is antibiotic resistance at this time? Are there any new antibiotics being created?

Be very concerned!: This is a giant problem and getting worse, a very serious concern. Some new antibiotics are in the research pipeline, but various bacteria will also eventually develop resistance to any new ones. Things the public can do are 1) not insist on antibiotic prescriptions for common viral infections, which won't help anyway, and 2) political pressure to stop antibiotic use in raising food animals. ...Read more

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Can you get antibiotic resistance for taking all of your antibiotics? Or is it only if you stop. I don't think I need them. Can I stop after 1 pill?

Can you get antibiotic resistance for taking all of your antibiotics? Or is it only if you stop. I don't think I need them. Can I stop after 1 pill?

Antibiotic resistanc: The resistant bugs are produced by weakening them with an antibiotic and letting them recover. The ones that do recover may be resistant to the medicine you just stopped. When the bugs recover the med may no longer be effective so a recurrence could be far worse. So finish the course so they do not come back stronger and resistant. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

Only when Needed: One strategy is to not take antibiotics unecessarily. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, only bacterial ones. Using antibiotics when not needed increases the frequency of nature's defense response...Which is resistance. ...Read more

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What can cause antibiotic resistance for a bacterium?

Bacteriophage: Bacterial viruses can transfer antibiotic resistance.

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Not much other than.: Not much other than taking the antibiotics prescribed to the last pill. Avoid taking any left over antibiotic pill with an intention to prevent recurrence of same infection, e.g., self administration of Amoxicillin for sore throat. ...Read more

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What organisms have antibiotic resistance?

Many: These little buggers evolve so fast! You've heard of the flesh eating bacteria? Some strains are deadly to the point of no current antibiotic works against them now.

Sorry, not a good answer to your question. Please ignore this answer. ...Read more

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How prevalent his antibiotic resistance in regard to sepsis?

How prevalent his antibiotic resistance in regard to sepsis?

Need more data: Sepsis is a syndrome — a constellation of symptoms — and can be caused by many kinds of bacteria. The likelihood of encountering a resistant bacterium in the general community is relatively low; nursing home residents, patients who have had recent antibiotics, and patients who have been recently hospitalized are at more risk. Infections obtained in the ICU or cystic fibrosis ward are the riskiest. ...Read more

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How do bacteria become antibiotic resistance?

They Adapt!: Antibiotic resistance is a type of drug resistance where the bacteria no longer are succeptible to the drug. This usually occurs when the microorganism mutates its dna to be able to "inactivate" the medication. This is a type of "natural selection" amoung the bacteria. This is a real threat to medicine today. The overuse of certain antibiotics has contributed to this. ...Read more

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How does antibiotic resistance occur in hospitals?

Antibiotic resistanc: Bacteria are able to adjust to exposure to the drugs that are designed to inhibit or kill them. It is a form of evolution. In a hospital, compared to other settings, the number of infections treated with antibiotics in very high. So the chances for these mututations is much higher. When patients become infected with bacteria from the hospital, it is often showing mulitple resistance. ...Read more

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Does antibiotic resistance reversible, regardless of the organism?

No..: It is not..... You have to eliminate that particular strain from the body........ ...Read more

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How does antibiotic resistance develop? In the bacteria or in the person?

How does antibiotic resistance develop? In the bacteria or in the person?

See below: There are a few mechanisms through which the bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. The resistance is in the bacteria themselves. ...Read more

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How could an over prescription in antibiotics have an increase in antibiotic resistance?

Mutation: Frequent antibiotics usage especially unnecessarily will give bacteria chances to mutate, i. E., resistant. ...Read more

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What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also, risk of antibiotic resistance?

Uncommon but real: This is an uncommon but real issue. Risk varies with the type/duration and intensity of antibiotic use (IV vs oral, etc.) Many centers do stool surveillance cultures to spot this in higher risk patients. Resistance is an everyday issue today which drives us to be selective & specific on antibiotic use. The risk of an individual having to deal with This is part of dealing with healthcare today ...Read more

Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


Dr. David Rosenberg
132 doctors shared insights

Antibiotic Resistance (Definition)

Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more